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FACE Deputy Chief Invites YOU to the Roadmap for Navigating the School District of Philadelphia Conference!

FACE Deputy Chief Invites YOU to the Roadmap for Navigating the School District of Philadelphia Conference!

Focus on FACE asked FACE Deputy Chief Jenna Monley to reflect on the inspiration for the Family Engagement Conference. Here's the letter she wrote to invite you to join us on October 20. Navigating the School District can appear to be a daunting task. Moreover, we all share a common belief that families want the...
A Huge Thank You to All Who Participated in the 10th Annual Back 2 School Event!

A Huge Thank You to All Who Participated in the 10th Annual Back 2 School Event!

One of the FACE Office’s favorite parts of back to school season is the Annual Back 2 School Event, celebrating its 10th year this past August. On August 16, 2018, thousands of families, community members, and students attended the end of summer bash at School of the Future in West Philadelphia. Thousands of backpacks stuffed...
Rapper Meek Mill Donates 6,000 Backpacks and Visits Blaine Elementary School

Rapper Meek Mill Donates 6,000 Backpacks and Visits Blaine Elementary School

On Wednesday, August 29, rapper Meek Mill and Dreamchasers announced their donation of more than 6,000 backpacks to 12 schools throughout the School District of Philadelphia. The announcement took place at Mill’s alma mater, James G. Blaine Elementary School, where he personally handed out backpacks to several students. Growing up in Philly, Mill watched families...
Academic Parent-Teacher Teams Come to Philadelphia!

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams Come to Philadelphia!

Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, the Office of Family and Community Engagement, with support from the William Penn Foundation and WestEd, is bringing Academic Parent-Teacher Teams to nine public elementary schools. Academic Parent-Teacher Teams are revolutionizing the way families and school staff interact and work together—find out more about this awesome program below, and...
FACE Office Awards FACT and Volunteer Awards!

FACE Office Awards FACT and Volunteer Awards!

The FACE Office held an awards ceremony before the End-of-Year Family Celebration on June 1 to honor the person who attended the most Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT) courses and two all star volunteers who were nominated by those who deeply appreciate their contributions to their school communities. Check out the winners below and...
2nd Annual Northeast Reading Family Extravaganza Fosters a Love of Reading in Children

2nd Annual Northeast Reading Family Extravaganza Fosters a Love of Reading in Children

The 2nd Annual Northeast Family Reading Extravaganza was held on May 17, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln High School. The event welcomed 350 families from across Northeast Philadelphia. This event was geared toward families with students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, but all were welcome. The event was an opportunity for staff, students, volunteers, and families...
A HUGE Thank You to All Who Participated in the FACE End of Year Family Celebration!

A HUGE Thank You to All Who Participated in the FACE End of Year Family Celebration!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement would like to extend a massive thank you to all families, staff, community members, vendors, and workshop presenters who participated in the End-of-Year Family Celebration on Friday, June 1, 2018. The event welcomed over 500(!!) people, nearly 30 resource vendors, and 8 family-friendly and educational workshops. Along with...
SAC Parent and FACE Deputy Chief Share Expertise on Panel at William Penn Foundation Event

SAC Parent and FACE Deputy Chief Share Expertise on Panel at William Penn Foundation Event

Meaningfully engaging and communicating with families is something that all educators and administrators struggle with—even us here in FACE! In a city as diverse and large as Philadelphia, communication with families is especially challenging. What will grab parents’ attention? Which communication vehicle works best? How do we phrase our messaging? The William Penn Foundation hosted...
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FACT Course Spotlight: “Eat.Healthy, Be.Happy” by the Eat.Right.Now. Program

Choosing a meal that is both healthy and something your kids will enjoy can be difficult and frustrating for any caregiver. But that doesn’t always have to be the case! Last month, The District’s Eat.Right.Now team (SNAP-Ed funded) hosted a cooking workshop where over fifteen caregivers came out to learn about healthy eating and try...
Students walk out for gun reform

Letter from the Superintendent: The March 14 Student Walkout

In light of the most recent school shooting tragedy in Florida, students across the nation are trying to find constructive ways to deal with the aftermath of this horrific event. As a result, on March 14 students from all across the country are planning to walk out of school for 17 minutes in solidarity with...